October 16, 2012

Staying balanced key

LSU coach Les Miles mentioned recently he was surprised that Georgia did not stay with the run more than it did in the Bulldogs' 35-7 loss to South Carolina.

Tuesday, Bulldog offensive coordinator Mike Bobo agreed, noting that getting the running game back on track will be one of his primary goals Saturday night at Kentucky.

"We've got to stay more committed to the run. Even when we were down 21-0, there was still a lot of time left in the ball game," Bobo said. "What's made us successful is balance and like I said, if you become one dimensional against a team like that you're asking for trouble."

Moving forward, Bobo is determined not let that happen again.

"We've got to establish the run, no doubt and if we do throw the ball we've got to complete it on first down, and when we throw high-percentage passes we've got to complete throws," he said. "Whether it's the quick screen, bubble screen, we've got to complete those to have an extension of the running game. When you don't complete those you put yourself in a hole. We were 90-something percent going into that game but were 1-for-5 (against South Carolina), so that put us behind the chains."

The Bulldogs finished the game with just 115 yards on 36 attempts against the Gamecocks, 45 courtesy of Ken Malcome after the game was already decided.

"It was just pressing on everybody's part, coaches included, with the deficit we got and not sticking to our game plan," Bobo said. "We really didn't execute well in all areas and that's my job to keep us on track so that's what we'll be trying to do this week."

Grantham says move to Mike difficult for Herrera

Amarlo Herrera will never admit it, but according to defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, his move from Moe linebacker to Mike has been more difficult than he's let on.

"It's the hardest thing to do. Playing outside backer is nowhere near playing inside," Grantham said. "The closer you get to the ball, the more difficult it is to play but Amarlo is a guy I think who is going to make some big strides for us. He's a guy who displayed himself in the first few games with his ability that led us to make that move."

Still, it hasn't been easy.

Earlier Tuesday, Herrera admitted there have been times when he's been confused and was out of position during one of Rajion Neal's two touchdowns in the win over Tennessee.

"What happened is that we're creatures of habit so when Tree came back and he's got to move, the slots are different," Grantham said. "It can be a little thing, I think that they continuity with what we've had as helped us and he will get nothing but better."

Injury update

Linebacker Jarvis Jones missed his fifth straight day of practice Tuesday since spraining his ankle in the fourth quarter against South Carolina.

Others on Tuesday's post-practice injury report included running back Ken Malcome, backup outside linebacker Dexter Morant and fullback Dustin Royston, neither of who practiced due to an undisclosed illness.

Defensive end Sterling Bailey (right thumb sprain) and linebacker Brandon Burrows (2nd metacarpal fracture) also remain out.

Pep rally scheduled

Members of the Georgia football team and head coach Mark Richt will headline a special "Tailgate with the Team" event Thursday at 8 p.m. at Legion Field on the UGA campus. Admission is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff. A very famous surprise guest will also be present.

The team members will meet and greet students and fans before heading to Lexington Friday for the Georgia vs. Kentucky game. Richt will speak, team members will sign autographs, and there will be an assortment of
entertainment and giveaways.

There will be free t-shirts and Fox's Den will provide their "BIG ONE" 30 inch wide pizzas! All giveaways are first come, first served while supplies last.

This and that

Georgia worked out in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for just over two hours Tuesday afternoon. "I thought it was a good practice," Richt said. "The extra day of preparation (because of last weekend's open date) should be very helpful. It's a good that we had a head start to begin with. It's going to help Malcolm (Mitchell) too. Malcolm's had plenty of time to learn what to do on both sides of the ball. That was actually a little bonus."